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Tribune staff reporterHenry Blanco has spent more time on the bench than a Supreme Court justice this summer, getting into only five games during July. But all that watching and waiting hasn't embittered the Cubs' backup catcher, and after his run-scoring single in the 11th...
Tribune staff reporterLes Walrond's line score during Wednesday night's 6-2 loss to Philadelphia said everything that needs to be known about this dismal Cubs season. In three-plus innings of work, Walrond walked five batters while striking out six, making him the perfect...
Tribune staff reporterBefore every Cubs game, reliever Will Ohman helps broadcaster Len Kasper pick a "word of the day" that Kasper can use during the telecast. But after Ohman gave up the go-ahead home run to designated hitter Hideki Matsui on Friday night in a 9-6 loss to...
Tags: Chicago Cubs, Derek Jeter, Carlos Zambrano, Will Ohman, New York
Tribune staff reporterWith Tuesday night's 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Cubs moved back ahead of Cincinnati into fourth place in the National League Central Division, within one game of Milwaukee for third. So what, you ask? Well, the standings do matter for...
Tribune staff reporterAfter Derrek Lee launched a late-inning Cubs comeback with a game-tying, two-run home run in Wednesday's 6-3 win over Milwaukee, the two operative words of the afternoon were "what if?" Lee's first homer since his return from a broken wrist ignited a...
Tribune staff reporterDusty Baker still doesn't know when he will meet with general manager Jim Hendry to discuss whether he will be retained as the Cubs' manager. Before Tuesday's 14-6 rout of Milwaukee at Wrigley Field, Baker expressed the desire to get a timetable on his...
Tags: Wrigley Field, Baseball, Jose Reyes, Chicago Cubs, Basketball
Tribune staff reporterThe Cubs may be light-years away from a pennant race, but Dusty Baker managed Tuesday night's game like it was the seventh game of the World Series. With Ryan Dempster losing his control against the New York Mets before a frenzied Shea Stadium crowd of...
Tags: Endy Chavez, Jose Reyes, Baseball, Chicago Cubs, Carlos Beltran
Tribune staff reporterAfter giving Kerry Wood seven days to recover from his last start, the Cubs expected him to have more stamina in the fourth start of his comeback. What they got was a regression to Wood's May 18 debut, when he was feeling his way around and opposing...
Tribune staff reporterScott Podsednik's left groin strain is enough of a concern that he isn't sure he will be healthy enough to play in the season opener Sunday night. "We have about six days," the White Sox's speedy leadoff hitter said Tuesday. "What's going to be important...
Tribune staff reporterDusty Baker made one thing perfectly clear before Thursday's Cardinals-Cubs game on a miserable night for baseball at Wrigley Field. "I ain't going to the party," the Cubs' manager said, referring to St. Louis' possible clinching celebration on his team'...
Tags: Wrigley Field, Wetlands, Houston Astros, Ryan Theriot, Weather
Tribune staff reporterThe Cubs have to believe in themselves during the final 40 games of the regular season, because few outside the clubhouse believe they have a chance in the bunched-up National League wild-card race. Before their 5-3 victory over Colorado on Friday at...
Tribune staff reporterOn his first day at spring training, Greg Maddux had to answer questions about whether this could be his final season. After improving to 3-0 Monday night with a brilliant outing in the Cubs' 4-1 win over the Dodgers, the question may now be whether...
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